Created: 05/20/2014 5:11 AM WHEC.com
By: Associated Press
A series of bills that would protect women's rights are being reintroduced into the Senate after the package was derailed last year over a contentious late term abortion proposal.
On Tuesday, Senate Democrats are reintroducing the Women's Equality Act, a series of 10 bills that cover topics like reproductive rights, pay equity, sexual harassment, human trafficking and tougher order-of-protection laws in addition to other forms of discrimination against women.
Last year Senate Republicans defeated a surprise amendment that would have forced the chamber to consider the abortion measure, resulting in the passage of nine bills. Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver said he wouldn't consider the nine bills without the abortion measure.
The abortion measure is billed by supporters as simply matching 1970 state law with the less restrictive Roe v. Wade decision of 1973.